How to connect freight logistics, persons mobility, and spatial planning in and between urban regions? Perspectives from different European urban nodes on TEN-T corridors

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European urban nodes are vital for the effectiveness of the European core transport network (TEN-T), for passengers and freight transport. Yet, this role also comes with challenges regarding liveability, a battle for space with other functions in densely populated and growing urban nodes. Effective solutions should be designed at the level of the functional urban area of freight and logistics which exist at a different spatial scale from a passenger transport perspective, as examples of Vienna and Rotterdam illustrate. Urban nodes that are stimulating multi-modality ambitions and solutions should include freight and logistics. Regional opportunities for transit oriented development (TOD) could be combined with potential freight hubs, logistics oriented development (LOD). Initiatives can be taken within the urban nodes as well as on the corridor between the urban nodes, as is illustrated by several examples (Venlo (NL) and Lauterbourg (FR)) that relieve spatial and transport pressure in Rotterdam respectively Strasbourg. European tools and funding exist that could support urban nodes in dealing with these complex challenges and investment needs, both from transport and regional policy. An analysis of the STRAT-Board database shows that ESI funds are used by the majority of urban nodes for investments in mobility and infrastructure..
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